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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Masks
By Carol Penhorwood



The fixed facades, the masks in place
Yet troubled eyes shine through,
The restlessness, the hopelessness,
The shadowed eyes construe.

The masks perform their empty tasks,
For life, it just goes on,
A seeming carousel they ride,
The same from dusk to dawn.

Enduring life, hour by hour,
Repeating one more day,
What was done the day before
Done once again today.

No purpose in the plodding,
They live, so they exist,
No joy performing all the chores
That daily make their list.

They own so much they must maintain
And still the need for more,
To prove they are successful
With jobs that are a bore.

The masks in place, few people see
The emptiness inside,
Few people know they yearn for more
Or hear the moans they sighed.

Pretending happiness and joy
They hide the inner pain,
Frustrating tears we'll never see,
Convinced their life's in vain.

But there is hope and they must hear
There's purpose for each one,
Designed by God with gifts and tasks...
A race that must be run.

The fake fore'er forgotten,
The masks removed at last,
Perceiving purposes and plans...
Abundant life forecast.

This life a preparation,
Eternity's ahead,
A future of no pain or tears
But joy and peace instead.

For hope lies buried 'neath the soil
Of anxious, fearful hearts,
For we are certain our God reigns
And peace He thus imparts.

With every dawn there is fresh hope
That nurtures life anew,
A new beginning for the masks
If we tell them of You.

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AnneRene' Capp08/19/10
Stunning depth, flow and meaning! Truly a masterful piece. Especially awed at:Few people know they yearn for more
Or hear the moans they sighed.
There were quite a few more, but using "discernment", I had to pick only one! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
I could really relate to this touching poem. it was something I've needed to hear for a while now.
Ruth Brown08/19/10
Some great lines, fixed facades, excellent. You do poetry well.This would go well with the theme of a retreat I went to, called Unmasked.
Blessings, Ruth
Caitlyn Meissner08/24/10
I loved the idea behind this poem. Good job!
Kate Oliver Webb 08/25/10
God certainly blesses your shining gift! Wonderful phrasing, builds at just the right speed and tempo, and sings out the victory at the end. So very well done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/25/10
Your poem is a story, sadly real, but with wonderful hope at the end. The final stanza is outstanding.
Betty Castleberry08/25/10
Wonderful message wrapped up in a well written poem. Nicely done!
Cheryl Harrison08/25/10
I enjoyed reading your poem. So true... the masks we tend to hide behind. It is wonderful to know that God knows the real me and he loves me anyway!
Caitlyn Meissner08/26/10
I knew this was good! :) Congrats on your EC!
AnneRene' Capp08/26/10
YAY...1st place and an EC...Congratulations Carol. Way to go!!!!
Francy Judge 08/26/10
Congratulations!I loved this--the word pictures and the message were terrific.
Carole Robishaw 08/26/10
Congrats! A couple of the lines here hit a too close. Great job!
Jeanne E Webster 08/26/10
Congratulations, dear Carol! Thank you for sharing your God-given talents with us. You are truly an inspiration! This is a masterpiece! Blessings and more.
Beth LaBuff 08/26/10
Carol, what an amazing message here, and so eloquently told. Just beautiful. Super congrats on your Editor's Choice!
Edy T Johnson 08/26/10
Congratulations, Carol! I love the insight in your poem and found some delicious rhyming selections. I'm so thrilled you've received this recognition. Blessings on your head.
Nancy Sullivan 08/26/10
Congratulations on your place in the top 10, Carol. Very deep sentiments and enjoyable to read. God Bless.
Philippa Geaney 08/26/10
Carol,what a beautiful beautiful poem. You and God - you got it together! Sincere congratulations
Karen Pourbabaee 08/26/10
Congratulations on your 1st place and EC win...lovely poem!